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I have 3 phone jacks in my home and right now on one of them gets a dial tone. The other two are completely dead. What could be the problem?

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There should be a termination point outside your house where the local phone company connects to the wiring inside your home. These are usually wired for at least two phone lines. Sounds like your house was at one time wired for two numbers and the jack that is working was on one number while the other two jacks were on a different number. Best thing to do is connect all three jacks to the working telephone line outside the house. Good Luck. ...Mike

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